Youth are one of the greatest assets that a nation should be proud of, as they are potentially and actually the vital resources worth of investment by a country as well as the valued possession for national development. Nigeria’s robust youth environment and increasing youth population makes her one of the most youthful populations in the world. With over 60% of the population, Nigeria’s burgeoning youth population provides a huge social, economic and political capital required to drive socio-political and economic development.
The emerging global and regional consensus on youth development clearly underscores the need for youth to be empowered to take their place as national assets. The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reins. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely, because of the dire need for the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on current difficulties and challenges. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
Since inception and for over a decade of work in Nigeria, AfriGrowth Foundation has pursued a positive approach to Youth development that applies holistic strategies to the complex set of youth needs. This approach recognizes the dire need to develop their skills, values and the required requisites for self-actualization. Consequently, the Foundation’s youth-focused programs have been tailored and customized towards building the capacity of young people towards initiating a paradigm shift to position youth as active change agents that can utilize their energy, idealism, and insights to build a progressive society. The Foundation’s programs use ‘mentoring’ as the main vehicle of empowering young people.
In April 2006, AfriGrowth Foundation launched the Youth Mentoring Program, under the chairmanship of Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr, then Minister of Information. Perhaps the first of its kind anywhere in Nigeria, AfriGrowth Foundation’s noble program availed some youth the opportunity of been mentored directly by some selected national and respected leaders drawn from the private and public sectors who had distinguished themselves in their fields of expertise.
In the vanguard of spreading the imperatives of Youth Mentoring, the Foundation developed and executed series of Youth Mentoring Seminars with the maiden edition in 2008; which offered more than 600 youth the unique opportunity of interact with distinguished Nigerians. Since inception the Foundation has mentored over 7,000 Nigerian Youth: 60% have been gainfully employed with the rest indulging in entrepreneurship and furthering their education. The Foundation believes that investment in youth will culminate in placing them on a better pedestal to impact Nigeria and the world at large.
Youth Mentoring Seminar Series 2019
As part of its life-changing and value-adding programs for youth development in 2019, AfriGrowth Foundation has developed the Youth Mentoring Seminar Series to avail youth and young Nigerians the noble opportunity to be mentored by distinguished experts, innovators, and leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, in a journey of collective exploration, reflection and growth. The Seminar Series has been designed to guide participants on making informed decisions as regards their career and chosen expertise. The resultant impact of the Series is to build a new generation of self-dependent and hyper-productive youth in Nigeria.
The AfriGrowth Foundation Youth Mentoring Seminar Series is composed of a series of five seminars, in which designated Mentors will veritable mentor and guide youth on diverse principles anchored on Enterprise Development; Leadership and Followership; Good Citizenship and Patriotism; Behavioral Change Communication; National Identity and Cohesion; Civic Engagement; Attitudinal Change; Healthy Lifestyles; and Value Reorientation.